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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Game 3, Odds and Picks

As a consequence of making the Eastern Conference Finals the past two years, Boston emerged as a top preseason favorite for NBA playoffs betting odds.  While the Celtics were good this season, they were hardly great.  Boston was down a notch both on the court and at the payout window from last season.  Especially disappointing was their decline on defense.  By contrast defense is the one asset the Indiana Pacers have in spades.  Nobody in the Association is tougher to score on than the Pacers.  Of great concern is their ability to consistently put the ball in the bucket.

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3

Date and Time: Friday, April 19, 2019, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location:  Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Celtics vs. Pacers TV Coverage:  ABC

Boston Celtics

At the beginning of this series the Celtics demonstrated why gamblers considered them an Eastern Conference favorite. Boston scored an impressive 84-74 home payout.  Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 20 points and seven assists in the victory.  Additionally, Al Horford put in 10 points to go with 11 rebounds.  Game one epitomized the problems that Indiana could have in this series.  Indeed, the Pacers lack of offense does not bode well against a solid Boston defense.

Indiana Pacers

Now Celtics head coach Brad Stevens remains of the most respected floor leaders in the NBA.  Since his arrival Boston has been one of the top defensive teams in the Association.  There was the perception that the Celtics had more in the tank than they used in the regular season.  Specifically, they did not perform up to last year’s standards.  Nevertheless, the game one win was a classic demonstration of Boston’s potential.

Owing to the loss of Victor Oladipo do the Pacers lack offensive firepower.  His season ending knee injury on February 9 was a body blow to Indiana’s championship aspirations.  Oladipo was averaging a team best 19 points per game.

Late on Boston has shown better potential for NBA playoffs betting odds as a road team.  Only three losses in their last 11 away matchups have made gamblers wallets bulge.  Seven of the Celtics last nine away games have gone over the total.   Counter to that is the Pacers decline in wagering value at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Indiana has lost five of their last nine home court matchups.  Four of their last five at home have gone over the total.

Now the Pacers have shown good value in their recent sportsbook online matchup with Boston.  Seven of the last 10 between these teams have gone over the total.  However, the Celtics have had the advantage in this matchup at Indiana.  To illuminate Boston has covered four of their last six visits to Indiana.  Four of the last five between these teams at Bankers Life Fieldhouse have gone over the total.

Matchup to Watch

In this situation Indiana’s lack of firepower is a drag on their appeal for NBA playoffs betting odds.  In comparison to the Celtics the Pacers are half of a team.  While the fans will be out in full force it may not matter.  Boston’s depth should wear down the Pacers.

Celtics vs. Pacers NBA games Betting Odds Picks

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Celtics vs. Pacers NBA Betting Online Pick: Boston Celtics

Celtics vs. Pacers NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Celtics 92, Pacers 84

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